October 22, 2000 |
A state commission is expected Monday to raise California's minimum wage by $1 an hour over the next two years, starting with a 50-cent boost Jan. 1. The hike would directly benefit more than 1 million California workers who now earn the minimum of $5.75 per hour or close to it. The impact would be felt most deeply in Los Angeles, home to a large class of immigrant workers who are chronically employed in full-time minimum wage jobs, such as assembly and food processing.
August 18, 2000 |
A labor panel appointed by Gov. Gray Davis wants to raise California's minimum wage from $5.75 to $6.75 an hour by 2002, making it one of the nation's highest. The Industrial Welfare Commission on Thursday formally endorsed the proposal. The increase would consist of two 50-cent raises, one in January and another a year later, when Davis is running for reelection.
September 1, 1997 |
Millions of Americans are scheduled to get a raise today when the federally mandated minimum wage rises to $5.15 an hour. In California, the increase is 15 cents an hour, up from the state minimum of $5 an hour. But across most of the United States, fast-food workers, retail clerks, gas-station attendants and others will be earning 40 cents an hour more when they report to work as the second phase of a federal hike goes into effect. California and federal wage laws are leapfrogging each other.
March 1, 1997 |
The minimum hourly wage for hundreds of thousands of California workers rises today by 25 cents to $5. The increase stems from the overwhelming approval of union-backed Proposition 210 by voters in November. It marks the second rise in the minimum wage received by workers in the state in five months. In addition, two more increases--another federal increase and then a second state boost--will occur over the next 12 months, lifting the minimum wage to $5.75 in March 1998.
January 29, 1997 |
California will rack up double-digit growth in jobs, income and population in the next 10 years, outpacing the nation's economic expansion, a California economic institute reported Tuesday. California in the year 2005 will have 38.2 million people, a 10-year gain of 18.5%, according to the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. Those Californians will be working at 17.4 million jobs, a 19% increase, the study said, and enjoy total income of $1.1 trillion, a 35% gain.
November 7, 1996 |
Raising the minimum wage, widely considered an issue with broad public appeal, has turned out to be a tougher-than-expected sell to voters across the country. That realization, political observers say, could chill some of the campaigns emerging from coast to coast to boost the wages of the working poor. Unions and their allies scored their biggest minimum wage victory in Tuesday's voting in California, where Proposition 210 captured nearly 62% of the vote.